Flipping between cool retro, sleek black tailoring, and flowing hemlines in a multitude of colors, the Versace spring/summer 2017 ready-to-wear collection was all about women and the strength that can come with femininity. Donatella Versace, of course, wants to take the sidekick gender stereotype and blow it out of the water, and this time around she found a great balance between hard feminine style and a bit of classic girly design; but the crisp tailoring is where the hardness came through the most.
Versace took this strength and put it in the form of professional attire, sportiness, and most strikingly color mixing. She showed that she could take all of these colors and make them into a cohesive, pristine collection without taking things a step too far or restraining herself too much.
She is putting across the message that women should take hold of their lives and “take the leap,” as one of the lines to the runway soundtrack went. The song, which was written by Violet and Photonz was the perfect theme song for such a powerful line, because “living is better than dreaming,” so why shouldn’t women start today, by looking to bolster their spring wardrobes once this collection goes live.
And it wasn’t only the clothes that exuded strength. The models cast in the show took the runway by storm and perfectly embodied the target woman. We were even graced by the presence of the iconic Naomi Campbell (her first appearance at Milan Fashion Week), much to the surprise and joy of viewers. The retired model made her cameo in one of the strongest fashion shows in fashion month – come on, who could say no to Donatella Versace? – and she was the one who led the brigade of the final lineup.
Finishing out the walk was Gigi Hadid. Coming in between were models like Adriana Lima, Caroline Trentini, Carmen Kass, Doutzen Kroes, Edie Campbell, Irina Shayk, Stella Maxwell, and Taylor Hill.
The clothes were crisp when they needed to be and flared sometimes in unexpected ways, making for a thrilling show with just enough intrigue to keep the audience wondering what would be coming next. Versace managed to create clothes for all occasions, from serious black pantsuits to daring color-blocked pieces – yet, everything maintained a level of professionalism.
And everything down to the footwear projected strength (mainly flatform sandals, but also boots). The sportiness came through because of drawstrings that created ruching on pieces you wouldn’t exactly expect and hardware like snaps that elevated various garments.
A black and red dress with white sleeves was embossed with these snaps, adding in an intriguing new element that we’re so happy to see, since it is a rather fresh thought for fashion month. In this dress, and in many others, the fabrics were simply slashed and sewn together, leaving gaps between for a sexy form, and using the snaps to create further sexiness without crossing the line into hoochie.
Photos courtesy of Vogue